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The Upper Room magazine's mission is to provide a practical way to listen to scripture, connect with believers around the world, and spend time with God each day.

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January 8, 2017

Nothing to Be Rejected

I often make desk calendars with my church students as part of a program to welcome in the new year. Two years ago, however, after making our yearly desk calendar, I...

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January 7, 2017

Wonderful, Isn’t It?

My father always sought to show us real-life stories of how God acts in our lives. One of those stories occurred in 1962, after the beginning of Angola’s liberation struggle, when...

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January 6, 2017

Quiet Transformation

Jesus’ first miracle began with ordinary water poured into commonplace stone jars. As far as we know, Jesus didn’t stir the water, touch the jars, or pray aloud. He simply asked...

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January 5, 2017

Dancing for Joy

One gray London evening, I listened to a musician play in a public square. All around, toes tapped and fingers snapped in rhythm. Onlookers swayed, appearing tempted to dance; but nobody...

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January 4, 2017

Patient Fishing

On a warm, tranquil evening last summer, a friend taught me to fish. He provided the equipment and instructed me on fish behavior and bait. He emphasized the need for patience...

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January 3, 2017

Like a Tree

The trees on the riverbank across from my house are not particularly beautiful, but they are sturdy and productive. A wide variety of birds find refuge in their branches. People walking...

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January 2, 2017

Climbing Out of the Pit

When I was a teenager, my brother and my father died within a few weeks of each other. Though the sun shone brightly that summer, my soul felt dark. Within 29...

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January 1, 2017

What Time Is It?

A new year makes me acutely conscious of the passage of time: how we allow calendars and clocks to dominate us, how there is never enough time for what we need...

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December 31, 2016

These Are the Days

One of my favorite television shows from the 1970s 
always opened with the two main characters sitting at a piano singing “Those Were the Days.” As I think about this song,...

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December 30, 2016

As a Little Child

The family table was set, and we were all excited about beginning the meal. Instead of blessing the food with our usual prayer, we decided to share something for which we...

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Starting New Churches in Honduras

The United Methodist Church in Honduras uses El Aposento Elto, the Spanish language version of The Upper Room daily devotional to start new faith communities. They use "An Easy Plan to Use The Upper Room in Small Groups" found in the back of the magazine. As the groups grow, they build critical mass for new church starts.